Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram

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Thursday 9 August 2012 18:27

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.(SABC)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Nigeria's president as the continent's largest oil producer faces an Islamist insurgency raising deep concern among Western powers.

Her visit to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and a major supplier of US oil imports, comes with President Goodluck Jonathan under growing pressure to stop the violence in the northern and central regions of the country.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed more than 1 400 people since 2010 according to Human Rights Watch. Clinton was to offer help to Nigeria in boosting the country's investigative and intelligence capabilities.

"Clinton will be renewing our offers of assistance and help to the Nigerians," a senior State Department official said ahead of her meeting with Jonathan on the latest stage of an Africa tour.

"This is a problem for Nigeria, but also, northern Nigeria borders Cameroon, it borders Niger," he said, expressing concern that a radical network could undermine the security of neighbouring states.

The US offer of assistance is to include helping to develop Nigeria's forensics and investigative procedures, according to the official.

"We can help them develop mechanisms for tracking and determining individuals who are likely to be engaged in supporting Boko Haram actively," the official said.

Washington would also be willing to help Nigeria develop an intelligence coordination centre that would assist the country in integrating information, the official said.

Some US lawmakers have been pushing President Barack Obama's administration to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, but diplomats have resisted the designation, stressing it remains domestically focused.

In June, the United States labeled suspected Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and two other Nigerian militants "global terrorists," allowing any US assets they may have to be blocked.

Boko Haram's targets have continually widened, with the group having moved from assassinations to increasingly sophisticated bombings, including suicide attacks.

Members are believed to have sought training in northern Mali from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Qaeda's north African branch, and Western nations have been monitoring closely for signs of further links.

Boko Haram has attacked UN headquarters in the capital Abuja and one of the country's most prominent newspapers, in addition to frequent bombings and shootings in the country's northeast, where the sect is based.

Clinton will spend several hours in the Nigerian capital Abuja before travelling to Ghana for the funeral of President John Atta Mills, who died on July 24.

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Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Anwulika posted on 08-09-2012, 17:40:53 PM



Thursday 9 August 2012 18:27





US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.



US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.(SABC)








US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Nigeria's president as the continent's largest oil producer faces an Islamist insurgency raising deep concern among Western powers.



Her visit to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and a major supplier of US oil imports, comes with President Goodluck Jonathan under growing pressure to stop the violence in the northern and central regions of the country.



Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed more than 1 400 people since 2010 according to Human Rights Watch. Clinton was to offer help to Nigeria in boosting the country's investigative and intelligence capabilities.



"Clinton will be renewing our offers of assistance and help to the Nigerians," a senior State Department official said ahead of her meeting with Jonathan on the latest stage of an Africa tour.



"This is a problem for Nigeria, but also, northern Nigeria borders Cameroon, it borders Niger," he said, expressing concern that a radical network could undermine the security of neighbouring states.



The US offer of assistance is to include helping to develop Nigeria's forensics and investigative procedures, according to the official.



"We can help them develop mechanisms for tracking and determining individuals who are likely to be engaged in supporting Boko Haram actively," the official said.



Washington would also be willing to help Nigeria develop an intelligence coordination centre that would assist the country in integrating information, the official said.



Some US lawmakers have been pushing President Barack Obama's administration to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, but diplomats have resisted the designation, stressing it remains domestically focused.



In June, the United States labeled suspected Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and two other Nigerian militants "global terrorists," allowing any US assets they may have to be blocked.





Boko Haram's targets have continually widened, with the group having moved from assassinations to increasingly sophisticated bombings, including suicide attacks.



Members are believed to have sought training in northern Mali from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Qaeda's north African branch, and Western nations have been monitoring closely for signs of further links.



Boko Haram has attacked UN headquarters in the capital Abuja and one of the country's most prominent newspapers, in addition to frequent bombings and shootings in the country's northeast, where the sect is based.



Clinton will spend several hours in the Nigerian capital Abuja before travelling to Ghana for the funeral of President John Atta Mills, who died on July 24.



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Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Ajibs posted on 08-10-2012, 14:26:36 PM
Ashe, Baba Jay has pull with madam Clinton. Nigeria was not offcially on her African tour so this was an unscheduled stop in Nigeria...



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Security Tops Agenda as Clinton Meets with Jonathan, Ministers

10 Aug 2012
President Jonathan® with US Secretary of State, Mrs Clinton

By Muhammad Bello

Security, especially the wave of terrorism unleashed on Nigerian by Boko Haram, and bilateral issues dominated discussions Thursday between United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and President Goodluck Jonathan, along with other top government officials.

Clinton, who was in Nigeria as part of her whistle-stop tour of 11 countries in Africa, during her discussions with Jonathan, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and service chiefs, pledged to continue supporting Nigeria to tackle insecurity.

Clinton, who was briefed on efforts the Federal Government has been making in changing the nation's security architecture to rise to the challenge of terrorism, renewed the US' offer of assistance to enable the country secure its porous borders through which foreign insurgents, suspected to be affiliated to Boko Haram, enter Nigeria.

On her arrival at the State House, she met for about 20 minutes with Jonathan after which she held talks with key cabinet members, including Dasuki, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Minister Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru; Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji; Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke; Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

THISDAY gathered that Clinton offered US assistance to help Nigeria develop forensic and investigative procedures that will strengthen the fight against terrorism.

Other sectors that will receive attention include how to help stimulate Nigeria's economy, agriculture, health and anti-corruption campaign.

Clinton, wearing red top and black trousers, arrived at the State House at about 3.54pm and left at about 6:15 p.m. after holding a closed door meeting with Dasuki and the service chiefs.

Although details of the discussions with the various government officials were not disclosed, it was learnt that the US also offered to assist Nigeria to monitor the movement of goods, particularly weapons and explosive devices smuggled to the Islamic sect through the borders of Nigeria and Cameroon.

A State Department official, who craved anonymity, shed light on the details of the US offer to Nigeria, saying: \"We can help them (Nigeria) develop mechanisms for tracking and determining individuals who are likely to be engaged in supporting Boko Haram actively.

\"This is a problem for Nigeria, but also Northern Nigeria borders Cameroon, it borders Niger.\"

A source told THISDAY that Clinton at the meeting with the service chiefs expressed concern about the threat of the Boko Haram sect and how that could spread and undermine the security of neighbouring countries.

He said that was why Washington offered to help Nigeria develop an intelligence coordination centre that would assist the country in integrating information, adding that the US wants to encourage Nigeria to establish a \"comprehensive programme in the North that combined a security strategy with a socio-economic plan\".

In June, the US designated suspected Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau and two other Nigerian militants \"global terrorists\", a move that would enable the US to freeze any asset they may have in America.

At a joint press briefing, Jonathan commended President Barack Obama and Clinton for their interest in Africa, and Nigeria in particular.

He said within the time Clinton had been Secretary of State, the relationship between Nigeria and America had reached a high level that \"we have never reached for quite some time by personally chairing the bi-national and we have discussed various thingsâ€\" security, economy and so on and so forth. She has been very supportive.

\"And of course, the President of America, President Obama administration is also quite passionate about Africa and Nigeria. He has always been very supportive of us for the past five years. From the days I came in as Vice-president, especially that period as a nation we faced a lot of challenge when the late President (Umaru Yar'Adua) was very ill and we passed through turbulent period,\" the president added.

He described the support that the US has been giving the country as the reason for the stability in the Nigerian polity.

\"And the support they gave us is one of the supports that stabilised this country. And when we insisted we must conduct an election that is free and fair and that is the only way we can stabilise democracy, they were very supportive. They gave us moral support, technical support to INEC and assisted us to make sure that we conducted elections that national and international observers declared as quite free and fair,\" he explained.

Clinton, in her address at the joint press conference, said: \"I appreciate that you know how committed United States and the Obama administration is to our partnership with your country. We consider it vital to our Bi-National Commission, which as you have mentioned has helped us to expand and deepen our cooperation on full range of issues.

\"We are working on economic matters, the improvement of productivity in agriculture, education and health, security, diversification of your economy and so much more.

\"We intend to remain very supportive on your reform efforts. We were also very supportive of anti-corruption reform efforts, more transparency in the work that you and your team are also championing because we really believe that the future for Nigeria is limitless but the most important task that you face, as you have said, is making sure that there are better opportunities for all Nigerians, South, East, West; every young boy and girl to have chance to fulfil his God-given potential.

\"We want to work with you and we will be by your side as you make the reforms and take the tough decisions that are necessary.\"

Clinton has been on an African tour since July 31, having already visited Senegal, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.

She is also expected to briefly visit Benin and will travel to Ghana Friday for the funeral of President John Atta-Mills, who died on July 24.
Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Ajibs posted on 08-10-2012, 14:32:45 PM
Clinton in Nigeria...

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Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Auspicious posted on 08-10-2012, 15:18:28 PM
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Say what you will folks, but the mere fact that Nigeria was not included in the itinerary made public by Secretary Clinton's office is telling. Responsible, serious minded people all around the world want little to do with this clueless administration that continues to arrogate the Nigerian prestige to itself. Clinton's presence in Nigeria is more in spite of the government than a friendly visit. She came to Nigeria, not because there's anything admirable about the incumbent government but because of American interest in Nigeria.
Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
DaBishop posted on 08-10-2012, 16:21:15 PM
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Ashe, Baba Jay has pull with madam Clinton. Nigeria was not offcially on her African tour so this was an unscheduled stop in Nigeria...

http://serving.thisdaylive.com/0bef99d6-acf5-4e2c-9779-8fa02ba3fcd4/assets/100812N.Clinton-arrives-NIg.jpg?maxwidth=400&maxheight=540



Dude has absolutely no pull anywhere! What would he do if Obama himself visited? Is that not his mate? Did Obama not just go to Brasil/Venezuela?

Nigeria was on the trip, I knew it when they announced her trip and left the blanks for security/diplomatic reasons. I wanted to do an article, just had no time.

Its the corruption/security stoopid!
Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Agensheku posted on 08-12-2012, 06:52:45 AM
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Dude has absolutely no pull anywhere! What would he do if Obama himself visited? Is that not his mate? Did Obama not just go to Brasil/Venezuela?

Nigeria was on the trip, I knew it when they announced her trip and left the blanks for security/diplomatic reasons. I wanted to do an article, just had no time.

Its the corruption/security stoopid!
You are very correct. Even on the day she was to meet GEJ, they initially sold a dummy to the Press the meeting was cancelled for security reasons only for it to hold later.

I am sure Mrs Clinton must have told the Bobo to get his acts together and keep moving before BH catches him napping.

And now, see who is sabre-rattling for GEJ...an ex-con! Here goes:

'Stampeding Jonathan Out Of Office Could Destroy Nigeria' - Alamieyeseigha

11 August, 2012



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Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha yesterday warned that forcing or stampeding President Goodluck Jonathan out of office without recourse to due process could spell doom for the Nigerian project.

According to him, any untoward act against Jonathan could lead to the birth of Niger Delta Republic.

Alamieyeseigha in an exclusive telephone interview with Saturday Vanguard against the backdrop of the escalating violence in the Northern part of the country and the recent call in some quarters on the President to quit office or better still not to contest the 2015 poll, said the Nigerian electorate alone have the right to decide who governs them and not the arm twisting tactics being employed by a clique.

Specifically, the former Bayelsa helmsman blamed the intractable crisis rocking the country on some of the elites whom for he alleged sees the country as belonging to them.

His words, \"The problem with some of our elites is the thinking that they have Nigeria more than others. They are just selfish individuals. If they think they know more than any other person and that this country belonged to them then they have goofed.

\"My advice to such Nigerians is to leave President Goodluck Jonathan alone to complete the mandate freely given by Nigerians. Attempts by individual or groups to stampede him out of office will be resisted. Let me also put them on notice that we have the capacity to declare who should be our leader.\"

Alamieyeseigha said the President like any other Nigerian has the right to seek for re-election if he so desires, but \"if he is convinced by himself that he is not interested in running for 2015 that decision will be taken by Goodluck and Goodluck alone.\"

According to him, \"If he presents himself to Nigerian people and Nigerian people did not vote for him then that is a different ball game but for any body to say or stampede him that he should not contest 2015 that person is unfair not only to him but we the people of the South South and we are not going to accept it. We cannot be stampeded by individual or group of persons to prevail on Goodluck not to contest 2015.


SOURCE: www.naij.com
Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Ajibs posted on 08-13-2012, 12:17:47 PM
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Dude has absolutely no pull anywhere! What would he do if Obama himself visited? Is that not his mate? Did Obama not just go to Brasil/Venezuela?

Nigeria was on the trip, I knew it when they announced her trip and left the blanks for security/diplomatic reasons. I wanted to do an article, just had no time.

Its the corruption/security stoopid!


Da Bessh,
If Nigeria was originally on the trip.. your point is...?
Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Ajibs posted on 08-13-2012, 12:25:22 PM
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You are very correct. Even on the day she was to meet GEJ, they initially sold a dummy to the Press the meeting was cancelled for security reasons only for it to hold later.

I am sure Mrs Clinton must have told the Bobo to get his acts together and keep moving before BH catches him napping.

And now, see who is sabre-rattling for GEJ...an ex-con! Here goes:

'Stampeding Jonathan Out Of Office Could Destroy Nigeria' - Alamieyeseigha

11 August, 2012





SOURCE: www.naij.com


Agens,

As much as it PAINS ME to say this Alams has just said the truth, and YOU know that. Nigerian opposition most times, are not serious now look at what I am reading today:

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ACN, CPC warn Senate against Minority Leader's removal

AUGUST 13, 2012 BY NIYI ODEBODE AND JOSIAH OLUWOLE 29 COMMENTS

A crisis is brewing in the Senate over alleged plot to remove Senator George Akume (Benue North-West) as Minority Leader.

Investigations on Sunday showed that Senator Ganiyu Solomon (Lagos West) might replace Akume.

Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change, have however vowed to resist the move.

Our correspondents learnt that the two parties prefer Akume because of what they consider as \"Solomon's closeness to Senate leadership\".

According to investigations, the ACN is insisting on Akume because it does not want to be labelled a \"tribal party\".

The party, it was learnt, warned its senators against supporting any plot by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Senate to remove Akume.

The ACN, in a statement on Sunday, confirmed the move describing it \"as the handiwork of some reactionary and anti-democratic forces in the Senate\".

The CPC, which spoke through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, warned the Senate President, Mr. David Mark, not to support the move.

The ACN, in a statement on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it had passed a vote of confidence in Akume.

It stated that it was satisfied with the manner Akume had been discharging his responsibility as Minority Leader.

The ACN said the choice of Minority Leader was the exclusive preserve of the Seanate leadership.The party absolved its members of what it described as \"the phantom plot\", blaming the leadership of the Senate \"who would rather prefer a more pliable and easily compromis able minority leader to our principled and disciplined Akume\".

The party said, \"Is the plot to remove Akume as the party's senate minority leader not part of the desperate plot of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party's to give the impression to Nigerians that we are a tribal party, especially when we remove Akume and replace him with a Senator from the South-West.\"

The CPC advised Mark to emulate former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

He said, \"If Ken Nnamani had not led the Senate of his days in a respectable manner, President Olusegun Obasanjo would have succeeded in his third term agenda. Let Mark understand that whatever and however he pilots the affairs in the Senate today is what our children shall read in history books tomorrow.\"

Solomon, who is being tipped to replace, could not be reached for comments on Sunday as his phones were said to have been switched off.Another ACN Senator, Babafemi Ojudu, told our correspondent that he would toe the line of his party.

But the Senate leadership, which spoke through its Majority Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, said it was not part of the plot to remove Akume.

Ndoma-Egba said the allegation was \"a figment of their imagination.\"

He said the Senate leadership had no business with the affairs of the minority parties, adding that the rules and practices of the Senate would not allow for such changes.

According to Ndoma-Egba, the ruling party does not attend meetings of the minority parties and so do not take part in their decisions.

He said, \"The leadership of the Senate has no part in the business of the minority parties. Where they talk about the leadership of the Senate, there are ten persons making up the leadership out of which four are from the minority.\"

\"George Akume is a member of the leadership of the Senate, and was he in any meeting where a decision was taken by the leadership of the Senate that he should be removed?\"

Senator Ahmed Lawan, a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, who is performing the lesser hajj in far away Saudi Arabia, told our correspondent on the phone that he was not aware of any such plot before he left the country.

He said, \"I think the ACN should have known better in raising such issue. The minority leader is chosen by the minority parties and not the leadership of the Senate.\"

He said he would not understand where the issue was arising from, since Akume was appointed by the ACN in the first place.


if the opposition want GEJ out, they know what to do democratically and legally. But look at what they are spending their time doing. How can the majority party mandate who represents the minority party in the Senate... ?

Look Alams don tok true, leave the man alone, till 2015 OR impeach him... there are ACN / CPC / ANPP members in the Senate, they can certainly try to impeach him...

Anyways I don tire sef... say what you like jare!
Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
DaBishop posted on 08-13-2012, 12:35:01 PM
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Da Bessh,
If Nigeria was originally on the trip.. your point is...?


Point is he has no pull with Clinton or Obama, You wrote.

QUOTE:
Ashe, Baba Jay has pull with madam Clinton.


She did not come because of his 'pull' but because she already was gonna come, and she must have passed on the message she came to deliver. The non-listing of naija was only tactical.

QUOTE:
Nigeria was not offcially on her African tour so this was an unscheduled stop in Nigeria...


It was, it was just not announced to forestall drama or an ambitious BH since ya Baba does not know what to do about security.

Re: Clinton meets Jonathan on Boko Haram
Agensheku posted on 08-13-2012, 12:52:30 PM
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Agens,

As much as it PAINS ME to say this Alams has just said the truth, and YOU know that. Nigerian opposition most times, are not serious now look at what I am reading today:



if the opposition want GEJ out, they know what to do democratically and legally. But look at what they are spending their time doing. How can the majority party mandate who represents the minority party in the Senate... ?

Look Alams don tok true, leave the man alone, till 2015 OR impeach him... there are ACN / CPC / ANPP members in the Senate, they can certainly try to impeach him...

Anyways I don tire sef... say what you like jare!
Ajibs, leave the senators to sort themselves out. The two NASS Houses have to agree to remove GEJ...if he does not remove himself with his utterances. How come he calls the BH his "siblings"? And he drove the Northern Christians real mad.
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